Coffee with the Chiefs – Ron Parker belongs at safety


The Ron Parker film reviewSeth Keysor of Arrowhead Pride

"At the snap Parker immediately backpedals and gets some depth (which is Safety 101 if you’re not on a defensive call that requires jumping a short route). I suppose now is as good a time as any to state that Parker has a very smooth backpedal with natural fluidity. It’s funny, because you put him at corner he looks very different. But at safety, he moves very well backward and side to side while staying squared forward."

Chiefs promote Chris Ballard to director of football operationsJoel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride

"The name we recognize here is Chris Ballard. He has reportedly been a candidate for other GM jobs but so far has stayed with the Chiefs. At some point I would imagine the right opportunity is going to come up for him."

Kansas City missing three defensive backs from practice Adam Teicher of ESPN

"The Chiefs are going through offseason practice without Berry, Peters and Nelson, three players who would be starting or challenging for playing time. Berry recently finished treatment for lymphoma. Peters, their first-round draft pick, and Nelson, a third-round choice, are sitting out because their college semesters have yet to conclude."

Jeremy Maclin working as punt returnerAdam Teicher of ESPN

"It’s intriguing to think about, Maclin as a punt returner. He was a standout punt returner in college at Missouri and did some returning, without great results, during his first three NFL seasons playing for Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles."